Yvonne Orji, 34, plays Molly Carter on the hit HBO comedy, Insecure. Her character is a successful woman, living in Los Angeles, trying to balance work with finding love in one of the hardest cities to make it in. But art has been imitating life for the star, who when asked by the Los Angeles Times what dating in LA is like for her as Yvonne, not Molly, joked, “Ha! The end, put a period on it. You know, I hear it works really well for some people, and I’m so happy for those folks [Laughs].”
But the good news is, things have worked out well for the star in LA after all. She just had to find someone from outside of the city.
The beauty introduced fans to her new beau on social media on Sunday with the caption, “Jesus out here answering prayers on a Sunday.” The handsome fella’s name is Emmanuel Acho, and he grew up in Dallas:
He seconded her announcement on his own page, with a Biblical verse from Proverbs about strong, noble women:
Cute pair, right?
It’s unclear how long they’ve been dating, but they sure do look cozy (and have the perfect teeth). Orji, who has spoken openly about being a proud virgin until marriage, hasn’t said much else about her new boo, but we’ve been able to learn a few things about Acho by doing our own digging. He’s quite the catch.
There’s a teeny age difference.
Acho is 27, while Orji is 34. But there are perks to dating a younger man. Studies have found that women who date younger often have higher success rates when it comes to their professional ventures. Could a leading lady role in a film be on the way for sis sooner than later?
Like Orji, he’s a Nigerian-American public figure of the Igbo group. He has passports for both the U.S. and Nigeria. And his father, Sonny, is known in Dallas and in Nigeria for his outreach work, doing mission trips in his native country with his son.
He is a former NFL linebacker.
Acho was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft and was part of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants before becoming a free agent in 2015 after struggling with injuries.
He is an ESPN analyst.
Just because things didn’t go as planned on the field doesn’t mean Acho is out here idle. He’s actually an NFL and college football analyst for ESPN, Longhorn Network (where he is a co-host of Texas Gameday) and SportsCenter Africa.
He’s a man of faith.
Like Orji, Acho takes his faith very seriously. A great piano player, he can be found leading praise and worship sessions on his Instagram. And once a year, he, along with his family, travel to Nigeria to do work for their nonprofit, Living Hope Ministries.
He can sing.
I told you he enjoys a good gospel tune. However, Acho can also be found getting his R&B singer on via his social media.
He can cook (and likes good food).
Who doesn’t love a man with some talent in the kitchen? He calls himself Chef Boyar-E, and if you check out his Instagram stories, you’ll see he makes a mean stuffed bell pepper. All of this is a plus for Orji, who told Bon Appetit she finds a man who can cook to be attractive.
He takes his fitness seriously.
He may not be playing on the field right now, but he knows the importance of keeping his vessel in tip-top shape.
He values education.
Acho already had a degree in sports management from the University of Texas. He obtained his master’s recently from the same university in sports psychology.
He enjoys traveling.
Whether he’s in Europe or looking like a Baywatch model coming out of someone’s ocean on a sandy beach, Acho loves a good trip around the globe.
He is generous with his time.
In 2015, after a young Eagles fan named Hannah Delmonte asked Acho, via Instagram, to take her to prom if she could get 2,000 retweets, he offered to do it — if she could get 10,000 in one week. She made it happen hours later, and he ended up being her date after all.